Thursday, April 17, 2014

Late mistakes hurt Lady Braves in loss to Tabor

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 1/13/2014

The Ottawa University women’s basketball team has not been in a lot of tight situations late in games.

The Lady Braves games are usually settled by the final minute. Ottawa and Tabor found themselves in a nip-and-tuck battle Saturday at Wilson Field House.

The Ottawa University women’s basketball team has not been in a lot of tight situations late in games.

The Lady Braves games are usually settled by the final minute. Ottawa and Tabor found themselves in a nip-and-tuck battle Saturday at Wilson Field House.

The game was tied until the final 14 seconds. Tabor made two plays and Ottawa made mistakes. It resulted in a 65-61 Tabor win.

“They did their strengths toward the end,” Ottawa coach Bruce Tate said. “We showed our weaknesses that we have been talking about since we got back from break. The way we lost the game ... it is still in our control. We had the game under our control to win it. We came up short.”

Ottawa gave up an offensive rebound then fouled Tabor with 14 seconds left. Tena Loewen made both free throws to give the Lady Bluejays a 63-61 lead.

Lady Braves forced the ball inside and the pass was stolen with five seconds left. Ottawa fouled and Tabor hit both free throws.

“The empty possessions ... the turnovers,” Tate said. “Giving up an offensive rebound and wide open threes. We can work on it. You have to make plays in those situations.”

Tate looked back to two other possessions — both turnovers — which allowed extra possessions for Tabor.

“We had two turnovers back-to-back,” Tate said. “We need the possession. We don’t guard a couple of sets. You still need to execute to win games.”

Ottawa (8-8, 4-2) finished with 11 turnovers, but three came in crucial situations.

Tate said Ottawa needs to learn how to play in tight situations.

“We need to go to that next level,” Tate said. “It is a new situation for this group. We have never been dead even. We have been here now.

“It was great basketball game. Two of the top teams in the conference. You could not expect anything less. Two teams that have been playing the best basketball in the conference.”

Senior Amber Ramsey paced the Lady Braves with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Ashley Romig had 11 points and five boards. Angelic Frazier tossed in 10 points. Mikayla Skidmore had seven assists.

Tabor (65) — Rust 12, Loewen 10, Lewis 5, Dean 10, Zuercher 14, Maxwell 6, Paust 1, Troxell 7.

Ottawa (61) — Ramsey 14, Romig 11, Skidmore 7, McClure 6, Frazier 10, Grammer 2, Thomas 3, Stewart 2.

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